Private George Robert TODD 15086 died 16th September 1916 aged 27

Whilst researching my recent Easton postcard find showing the Red Cross Society Fete at Easton Park dated 18th May 1912, I also came across the names on the Easton War Memorial to those from the village who fell in WW1

Easton 1 front 15 10 15

I was intrigued as one of the names was a George Robert TODD who died on 16th September 1916 aged 27 and as I know I have TODD’s from Parham and Hacheston in my own family tree upon checking I found that I did indeed have George Robert TODD, who is my 3rd cousin 3 times removed.

Taking my research further I looked up George’s entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, which shows Private George Robert TODD 15086, 9th Battalion Suffolk Regiment – son of S F and Emma TODD of 81 Malting Villa, Rochford in Essex.

George Robert TODD CWGC Certificate,%20GEORGE%20ROBERT

George Robert TODD Easton war Memorial WW1 Medal Card

Source Information British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920

Why then was George commemorated on the Easton War Memorial? – looking at the 1911 census record I found George aged 22 birthplace Hacheston, with two other young men Herbert NEEVE aged 29 and William FINCH aged 22 and their occupation was Gardeners all living at Easton Park in the village.

George Robert TODD 1911 census

Source Information: 1911 census

This then is why George is remembered on the village War Memorial and I find the fact that he would probably have been at the Fete pictured on the postcard very moving and then also knowing that Easton Park became a Red Cross Hospital during World War 1.

I now need to investigate what took his parents to Rochford in Essex from Hacheston in Suffolk and I will keep you updated with anything I can find.

George Robert TODD is also remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in France, a place I have visited several times, but on my next visit I will be looking for his name and laying a poppy and cross in his memory.


Simon Last                                     

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